The end is near for FX’s “Archer,” though no need to worry because by “near” we mean about three more years. The animated series just won its first Emmy Award last month, but the show’s creator, Adam Reed, already has plans to end the comedy after its tenth season.
“The plan is to end ‘Archer’ after Season 10,” Reed stated in an interview with Modern School of Film’s Murmur podcast. “I don’t know that anybody has talked about that, but that is definitely my plan – to do eight, nine, and ten, and they’re gonna be each shorter seasons of just eight episodes – and then wind it up. I was gonna end it after 8, but then I had sort of a brain explosion of a way that I could do three more seasons and really keep my interest up. So the three seasons that are coming up are gonna be pretty different from what has come before, and they’re gonna be different from each other.”
Fans know that the last three season of “Archer” have taken different turns. Sterling Archer and his gang became criminals in the fifth season, returned to being spies in the sixth, and in the most recent season, which left viewers with a shocking twist, saw the team move to Los Angeles to start their own private detective agency.
“I do think that things can go on too long,” Reed explained. “And maybe instead of just looking at the bottom line, maybe those creative energies could be better used coming up with something new rather than continuing the same thing.”
While FX has made no statements about Reed’s comments, the upcoming season will see the addition of Jeffrey Tambor as rival mob boss Len Trexler, with Barry Dillon as his enforcer. Season 8 will debut in early 2017.